Torsion dystonia is a rare inherited disease that causes
sustained, twisting spasms. These spasms may only affect one limb at first but
often spread to other limbs and the midsection.
is usually diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 16. After it is diagnosed, it
progresses rapidly. Torsion dystonia does not affect mental functioning. It is
more common in people of Jewish heritage.
Treatment of torsion
dystonia includes medicines to control muscle spasms. Sometimes brain surgery
is done. Support groups and counseling can be helpful for people with torsion
dystonia and for their families. Genetic testing is available to identify
carriers of the disease and help guide decisions about having children.
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
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